Notorious vegan activist Tash Peterson is bloody at it at again – launching a vivid protest at a high-end luxury boutique in Melbourne on the first anniversary of a similar stunt in Perth.
The provocative protestor covered herself in what appeared to be blood before standing on the steps of a Louis Vuitton store in Melbourne on Saturday.
She also drenched the steps of the store in red liquid, all while being filed and photographed for her various social media channels. In video footage, police also accused Peterson of smearing products in the store with the same red liquid.
“Louis Vuitton murder cows, sheep, goats, crocodiles, snakes, foxes, minks, ducks and geese. They murder baby lambs and turn their skin into leather jackets,” she claimed on Instagram.
“Louis Vuitton have blood on their hands and so do you if you’re not vegan.”
A video of the stunt showed two black clad security guards quietly leading her away, as bemused shoppers moved on.
Police then arrived before leading her away — in her underwear and blood — before she was cautioned for criminal damage for allegedly damaging items in the store.
Comically, police also asked Peterson for her identification and her name.
This time last year, Peterson’s name went viral after her bloody protest at the Perth Louis Vuitton store — which she claimed involved her own menstrual blood.
The 27-year-old held a placard that read: “I would rather be naked than wear someone else’s skin” as she stormed into the Perth designer store on Saturday.”
“I am using my body and blood to help those who have no autonomy over their bodies. I am using my voice for those who are subjected to enslavement, rape, torture, abuse and murder in the meat, dairy, egg, honey, wool, leather, fur, down and animal entertainment/racing industries.”
After being arrested, charged and convicted over that protest — and a similar stunt outside the Boatshed Market in Cottesloe — the 28-year-old was fined a total of $3500 for two counts of behaving in a disorderly manner.
Peterson, who has claimed she earns $40,000 a month selling racy selfies on OnlyFans, launched a GoFundMe to help pay her legal fees but it had only raised $627.
Then earlier this year it was revealed that under the state’s licensing laws, she had been banned from all licensed premises in WA for nine months, on the back of other protests at restaurants around the city.
The ban includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, pubs, licensed events, and liquor stores.
“I have no doubt it is an attempt to try and silence me as an animal rights activist,” said Ms Peterson at the time.
So her and partner Jack Higgs moved the Melbourne, and have been amping up their activism in person and online.
She is still facing criminal charges here, over an extreme protest in Outback Jacks steakhouse in Northbridge which turned ugly in June.
As staff struggled to get Ms Peterson to leave and threatened to call the police, one diner stood up and grabbed the vegan activist and locked his arm around her neck, yelling at her to get out.
And she also has appeals against previous convictions scheduled to go before WA’s highest court next month.
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